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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Militants Strip Supermarket Shelves of Basic Goods

  • Chris Gande

The Bulawayo branch of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said ZANU-PF supporters were cleaning out supermarket supplies of maize meal, a Zimbabwean staple

Militants of Zimbabwe's former ruling ZANU-PF party were said to have raided supermarkets in Bulawayo and seized imported foodstuffs in the name of indigenization, leaving neighborhoods in the country's second-largest city short on basic goods.

The Bulawayo branch of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai issued a statement saying ZANU-PF supporters were mainly cleaning out supermarket supplies of maize meal, a Zimbabwean stape food.

The statement said ZANU-PF militants were loading trucks with looted goods.

Bulawayo resident Raymond Phiri told VOA Studio 7 reporter Chris Gande that most shops have run out of imported foodstuffs which are cheaper than most local brands.

The US-based Famine Early Warning Systems Network reported this week that while food is readily available in Zimbabwe, many families lack the money to meet their needs.

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